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Published: 19 November 2013

Pioneering new School of Veterinary Medicine secures planning consent

Plans to create a world-leading centre for veterinary education and research at the University of Surrey have been given the green light by Guildford Borough Council.

The new School of Veterinary Medicine, one of only eight in the UK, embraces the ‘One Health – One Medicine’ philosophy to foster interdisciplinary collaborations in research and health care for humans and animals.

The University’s ambitious plans for the School will see the construction of three innovative new buildings on its Manor Park campus.

The buildings, designed by leading architects firm Devereux Architects, make the most of natural light and heat.

The main academic building will include a flagship small animal Clinical Skills Centre at its heart, featuring a haptics laboratory with animal simulators and a personal skills training centre with a mock veterinary surgery. It will also include offices, teaching spaces, lecture theatres, research laboratories and a café.

The veterinary pathology building will include pathology laboratories associated with teaching and research into animal health.

The state-of-the-art large animal Clinical Skills Centre will include an animal examination area, a haptics teaching area which allows students to learn about animal anatomy via animal simulators, and livestock holding and handling areas.

As well as providing undergraduate and postgraduate students with an outstanding learning environment, the buildings will act as unique training resource for the whole veterinary community, giving access to lifelong learning opportunities for veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, clinical scientists and other para-professionals.

Work on the site will begin early next year, with the buildings scheduled for completion in autumn 2015.

Professor Lisa Roberts, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, said: “We are delighted to be granted planning permission for this exciting project. Combining major investment in state-of-the-art facilities, our partnerships with veterinary research institutions and practices and a campus location, the new School will provide a stimulating environment, not only for the undergraduate students, but for the professional development training of qualified veterinary surgeons.

“Work on our new buildings can now begin and look forward to welcoming the first cohort of students on our Veterinary Medicine and Science degree next September.”

Learn more about the School of Veterinary Medicine and our degree programmes in the field of Veterinary Medicine and Science including our new five-year BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science, BSc Veterinary Biosciences and MSc Veterinary Microbiology.

Watch a video featuring the School of Veterinary Medicine’s partners, filmed at a recent University of Surrey Open Day.